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(pronounced roh-KIE)

See rococo.


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(pronounced ruh-KOH-koh)

Capitalized or not, with two “c’s” or three (rococco), this term delineates a decorative style characterized by ornate adornment and whimsical curved asymmetrical forms. In the 18th century, France's Louis XIV preferred a

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(pronounced ROHL-tahp dehsk)

This type of desk features a slatted tambour panel that slides down via parallel slats on either end, allowing the writing surface, and any storage compartments sitting atop the surface, to

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This French term literally means “novel with a key.” In our terms, it means a novel or story that features actual people and events, but under the guise of fiction. Example: Mark felt as if he did not have

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(pronounced roh-ZEHT)

This term is so easy to remember – just think of a rose and its rounded shape. In classical architecture, a rosette is a carved medallion or disk having a floral motif or even just

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(pronounced ROHT)

As a noun, rote means unconscious, mechanical routine or repetition or the use of recall, often with little brainpower. As an adjective, rote means learned or memorized by rote.

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(pronounced RUHF OH-peh-ning)

A construction term meaning the wall opening into which a frame is to be installed. This could be for a door, window, paper towel dispenser, ventilation grille, electrical panel…

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(pronounced RUHF-hyoon)

Also used to describe rugged, coarse people who lack refinement and polish, the term rough-hewn describes something that is crudely created, rough in appearance and to the touch, and often appears unfinished.